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This second collection of plays by Mark Jackson includes three plays based on incredible historic events. "God's Plot" illuminates a little know chapter of American History, a 1665 case in which three American colonists were sued for blasphemy by a forth for having performed a political play in their local tavern. "Mary Stuart" is an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller's dramatic reimagining of the final showdown between Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots. "Salomania" depicts the sensational 1918 libel case of dancer Maud Allen verses British MP Noel Pemberton-Billing, in which the former sued the later for having accused her of being a lesbian, sadist, and German sympathizer as evidenced by her having performed in a production of Oscar Wilde's Salome. "Playwright/director Mark Jackson has made his name as a first-class theatrical provocateur. Gutsy showmanship, brainy literary instincts and laser-sharp satire mark his canon." - San Jose Mercury News.
About the Author
Mark Jackson is a playwright, director and performer. He was Artistic Director of Art Street Theatre, San Francisco, from 1995 to 2004, during which time he wrote, directed, and performed in numerous productions for the company. Mark's work has also been seen at Aurora Theatre Company, Encore Theatre Company, EXIT Theatre, Potrzebie Dance Project, San Francisco International Arts Festival, The Shotgun Players, Z Space, and The Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), among others; as well as internationally at Arts International Festival IV (Japan), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), and Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany). His plays have been developed at American Conservatory Theater, Capital Stage, EXIT Theatre, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Z Space, The Caramounts (Denver), and The Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.). EXIT Press published Ten Plays, the first collection of Mark's work, in 2010.